Kuala Lumpur, 10th August 2007: Joe Hasham's TUNKU The Musical is a surprisingly honest narrative of our past and present prejudices. Being honest need not necessary mean being accurate. But then, that wasn't the intention. After all, it is a fictionalised account interwoven through four timelines; Independence, the separation of Singapore & Malaya, the 1969 riots and present day. The musical ends with a rather sad but realistic note. Only "Some Day" shall we all be colour blind. Soul-search and be entertained, at the same time.
As I was leaving, Joe asked me (in jest) if he will go under the ISA for tackling taboo by the horns. I think not. His 'forum' is in the cultured confines of the KLPac and not the influential Internet; for which the powers-that-be unwittingly promoted. Younger readers may like to know that the blue sailboat symbol (in the pic) is that of the Alliance Party, the forerunner of the present day Barisan Nasional coalition.
TUNKU The Musical: Created and directed by Joe Hasham. It will be playing from tomorrow, 11th August, till 2nd September.
See more pics: Doreen Tang as Fausia
Exposure Info: Olympus E-510, ISO 800, f4.4, 1/25 sec
Photograph, title & caption by & copyright © 2007 TV SMITH
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